God Is Good

And God saw everything that he had made,
and behold, it was very good.
Genesis 1:31
Sometimes the words we use don’t really make sense. “Mom, I’m starving.” “I am dying laughing.” “I love popcorn.” In each of these cases and in so many more, we use hyperbole and powerful words to help emphasize what we want to communicate.
Although, the opposite of this is also true, and we can often lose sight of what a word actually means. When we think of the word good, it’s kind of an 'eh' word. That was pretty good. It wasn’t great – for sure could have been better. Good is far away from excellent, at least in how we use the word. But as we look to a God who is good, we know that his goodness is pure, it’s unmatched, it’s untainted, and it’s displayed perfectly throughout creation.
When God decided to make it all – the stars in the sky, the mountains and seas, the air that we breathe – he used one word to describe it all. Good. It was good. When he continued on to fill the waters with fish and the dry land with animals, it was good. At the climax of creation, God made us – mankind, as image bearers of the very God who made us, and he lets it be known, it was very good.

Before sin, before corruption, before cancer, disease, Covid-19, death, pain, suffering, trauma, heartache, lying, murder, injustice, selfishness, pride, lust, and evil, it really was good. Things were the way they were supposed to be; the way God had created them to be. Everything was just right, and yet here we are in a world that is very clearly not good.
As we look around at all the brokenness in our cities and within us, we face the temptation to doubt the goodness of God. How could a good God allow this? If God was truly good, why didn’t he step in and intervene? We question, we doubt, and we sometimes feel discouraged because we live in a place where bad taints what is good. It never seems to be the other way around.
Amidst the brokenness, may we run away from thinking that our brokenness taints the goodness of God. It’s actually the goodness of God that is redeeming our brokenness. No matter how bad it gets, God will always be good, and with each day that passes, he is working to bring us and the world we live in back to how he set it up at creation.
Going back to the question of ‘why didn’t God intervene?’ – He did. Instead of leaving us apart from his goodness, he brought his goodness down to us – through his son Jesus. When Jesus walked here on earth, he brought us a glimpse of what is to come. Disease stood no chance, the lame walked, the deaf heard, and the blind received their sight. Why? Because God was displaying the power of his goodness.
This is same goodness that is given to each of us once we believe Jesus as our Lord and Savior. His goodness comes into our hearts, and no amount of brokenness can overcome the goodness of our God. So, rest in these truths today. God is good, and he’s working to make all things good once more.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What kind of brokenness or ‘bad things happening’ have been weighing on your heart recently? Take some time and share these with the Lord.
  2. How does the goodness of God change the outlook we have on life? In what ways has his goodness shown through in your own life or in the life of someone near to you?
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate 

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